Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman

DVD - 2021
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Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman, until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be. She's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living with a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal, 2021
Branch Call Number: PRO 2021-03
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Byond
Apr 27, 2021

I've seen first efforts that are labors of love. Sometimes I find out personal experiences seem to significantly shape a picture. I did not have that feeling here; this is an 'issue' picture.
The issue is the victimization of women, but perhaps that is difficult. Are woman universally victimized?
Here, one woman takes on the rule of 'speaking truth to power', as some would have it. Some payback on men generally, seen in the light of a reported rape incident. The victim was a near life long best friend and certainly of woman of promise, a high achieving med student.
Via feminine wiles, or deceit, our protagonist manages to bring to awareness the manipulative power plays men put on women in order to get what they want, and the trauma and suffering that results.
It seems men without exception are implicated in all this, Mr. Wonderful is not going to show up.
However, a few males who show up here turn out to be useful.
They are instrumental in resolving the issue.
In my view, things here are manipulated to illustrate a view of life in which one sex is intrinsically culpable, the other besieged.
As such, to me, this is a revenge fantasy, a work of propaganda, not art.

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aling0809
Apr 27, 2021

Going into festival season last year, Promising Young Woman was one of my most anticipated films, especially with Bo Burnham’s role in it. Now, even after several months since seeing it and contemplating it a lot I still have mixed feelings. Carey Mulligan delivers an excellent performance as Cassie, a vengeful med school dropout grieving the death of her best friend, Nina, who was raped by their classmate. Bo Burnham is charming and that “Stars are Blind” scene really got me. However, I believe some of the messages in this film to be a little misguided -- particularly, the ending.

(Major spoiler warning)

Cassie’s death does not feel like a satisfying conclusion at all. It could be argued that some of her methods of exacting revenge make her more of an anti-villain than a pure hero, but something does not sit right with me about this movie’s resolution being the police. Especially given that the school’s legal system and handling of rape cases is criticized many times prior to the end. I can’t imagine that this is a very uplifting message for survivors of sexual assault, that their efforts to bring justice only result in death.

That being said, I don’t hate this film, but I don’t quite love it, either. It starts off strong but its messages ultimately end up muddled somewhere between the second and third acts.

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MrPaul307
Apr 26, 2021

Powerful and dark with an ending that you won't forget. Magnificent performance by Carey Mulligan.

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zalito
Apr 25, 2021

Quite an enjoyable movie but I don't think Ms. Mulligan really deserve that Oscar nomination...rather overrated!

JCLIanH Apr 24, 2021

Despite its satirical and exploitation film stylistic elements, Promising Young Woman delivers a searing on rape culture in America. Director Emerald Fennell does absolutely sublime work with her debut feature. It's an incredibly calculate film, one that punches you in the gut whenever you start to get comfortable. It makes for a film that is captivating, uncomfortable, and absolutely unforgettable.

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ckilmjoco
Apr 23, 2021

WOW. A shocking, twisted, & genius revenge thriller. Like the cover says, a game changer. Carey Mulligan is incredible in it. & a real contender for the Oscar. A must-see & unforgettable film.

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conniemaas
Apr 22, 2021

This is the movie every man should watch !!! Men who see the movie and have compassion and understanding or at the very least learn something will have some insight in to women.. The men who think hurting women is funny will burn in hell! Mothers and Fathers teach your boys to be good men.
five stars

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Courier2003
Apr 18, 2021

Cassie got her revenge , at what price? Beginning was slow but near the end it really picked up.

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PiepieB
Apr 15, 2021

Stayed up MUCH too late one night watching this... I just couldn't tear my eyes away! It was one wild ride! I loved, loved, LOVED the cast... Carey Mulligan shines, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Alfred Molina, so many others, including a short scene with Emerald Fennell (who also wrote/directed this). If you like dark, twist-y things, then this film is something you need to watch immediately.

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jimg2000
Apr 14, 2021

Bad actors in our society are more likely to face the music because of the proliferation of online videos from bystanders' cellphone/GoPro/bodyCams showing the actual acts being played out. Their tried and true blame-the-victims defense arguments are no longer reliable get-out-of-jail-free-cards in courts anymore. This film instantly become a must see #MeToo film, and hope Carey Mulligan will win the Best Actress Oscar as Jodie Foster in The Accused (1988) and Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry (1999).

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jimg2000
Apr 16, 2021

Some quotes in IMDb, thanks to its contributors:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0009620292/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

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Perhaps the quotes below are too familiar and left out in IMDb:

Okay, I-I'm not the only one who didn't believe it. If-if you have a reputation for sleeping around, then maybe people aren't gonna believe you when you say something's happened.
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And those choices, those mistakes, can be so damaging and really regrettable.
- Regrettable?
Yes. I mean, because what would you have me do? Ruin a young man's life every time we get an accusation like this?
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Can you guess what every woman's worst nightmare is? The thing is you thought you'd gotten away with it because everyone had forgotten.
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So, you're perfect, right? You've never done anything you're ashamed of?
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Poor Ryan, just an innocent bystander.
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Move on. Please. For all of us.

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